In California, a DUI conviction will remain on your driving record for ten years. During that time, your insurance company may raise your rates by 20 to 30 percent. If you are involved in a DUI case or accident, in order to retain your license, the state may require that you present an SR-22 form to prove that you are insured. In this case, you will have to inform your insurance company of the DUI. In other cases, however, it is best not to inform your insurance company of the DUI unless you have to inform them. While your rates may rise, insurance is required in California to cover damages in the case of an at-fault accident. The Fresno Bee reports on a suspected DUI where a woman crashed into a 100-year-old home.
Early Sunday morning, a woman suspected of driving under the influence crashed into a home that is 100-years-old located on a vineyard.
At about 3:25 a.m., the unidentified 25-year-old female was driving northbound on Mendocino Avenue at a high rate of speed. She veered off of the roadway and traveled an additional few hundred feet through the vineyard before crashing into the house.
Inside the house, an 80-year-old man had been asleep in his bedroom. He had injuries to his face from debris and glass. He walked to a neighboring house to call 911.
The driver had to be extracted from her vehicle due to the extent of the damage and the injuries she suffered in the crash. Fresno County Fire Department arrived to extract her from the vehicle. She was then taken to the hospital for her injuries.
She was found to be under the influence of both alcohol and a controlled substance.
The homeowner was also treated for injuries.